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Introduction to Respiratory Disorders in Children

By John T. McBride, MD

Respiratory (breathing) disorders commonly affect infants and children. The most serious and common are asthma (see Asthma in Children), bronchiolitis (see Bronchiolitis), and croup (see Croup). Wheezing (see Wheezing in Infants and Young Children) can be serious. An uncommon but very serious respiratory disorder is bacterial tracheitis (see Bacterial Tracheitis). For respiratory disorders in newborns (respiratory distress syndrome, transient tachypnea, meconium aspiration syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension, pneumothorax in newborns, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and apnea of prematurity), see Overview of Problems in Newborns.

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